Marie Kondo and my room

Hey guys!

Today I want to talk about organization! You might know I love organization, but I never seem to have my bedroom organized. So, when I heard about Marie Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying: A Simple, Effective Way to Banish Clutter Forever, I was interested. The book itself is very easy to read and understand, and reading it made me really excited about tidying my room!

In this post, I am giving you the best parts of the book (I am translating from Portuguese, so it might not be exactly as the English version) and also showing you my bedroom, so I can later on show it after applying the Konmari method of tidying up!

  • Organization is a tool, not the final goal. Your goal should be to adopt a new lifestyle after your house is organized.
  • The best way to sort what stays and what goes is to hold each item and ask: “Does this bring me joy?”. If the answer is affirmative, keep it. Otherwise, throw it away.
  • Before choosing what to keep, gather everything that falls into the same category. Take them from the closet and put them in the same place. […] When you put everything together, you can compare similar items, making it easier to choose which ones to keep.
  • Start with clothing, then books, documents, random items and, in the end, items with sentimental value.
  • I recommend dividing clothes in the following subcategories: tops, bottoms, clothes that hang (blazers etc), socks, lingerie, bags, accessories, special occasion (bikini, uniform), shoes.
  • The most important thing is to decide what to keep, not what to throw away. Which pieces will bring you joy if kept in your life?
  • If there are too many books to put on the floor at the same time, separate them in four categories: general (books for fun), practice (reference, recipes), visual (photography), magazines.
  • My basic principle for sorting papers is throwing everything away. […] After all, they never bring us joy. That’s why I recommend throwing everything that doesn’t fit into one of these categories away: what’s being used right now, what will be needed for a determined amount of time and what we need to keep forever.
  • Papers should be organized into two categories: ones that need attention (bills to pay, letters to be answered etc) and ones we need to keep (documents, contracts, payed bills, warrants and manuals). […] Only the “keep” category should be divided into “rarely used” and “frequently used”.
  • [About random items] The basic order is this: CDs and DVDs, beauty products, make up, accessories, documents, electronic devices, house utility (stationary, sewing kits etc), house reserves (medicine, detergent, tissues etc), kitchen items and food, others.
  • As you organize your house and reduce your belongings, you’ll find out what are your deepest values and what really matters in your life. However, the “reduction” and the “storing method” shouldn’t be your focus.
  • The decision about which objects to keep is, in reality, a definition of what lifestyle you want to live. The addiction to the past and fear of the future rule not only the way you sort your belongings, but also how you relate to people and work.
  • The best way to figure out what we truly want is getting rid of what we don’t want.
  • I can’t imagine greater happiness than being surrounded by things I love. To reach this state, all you have to do is get rid of what doesn’t make you feel like that. There is no easier way of happiness. What other name could be given to the effect caused by organization than “magic of tidying”?

Now we let’s check my room before tidying it up!

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Let’s see how different it will be when I’m done organizing it with the Konmari method!

Love,

Dani.

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On Making Tough Decisions

I’ve been putting off this post because I just didn’t want to sit down and write it. You’ll understand better a little later on. Also, I’m not writing this in order to help you make your tough decision, because I am still not sure if I made the right one or if everything is decided yet.

So.

As you might know already, I applied to some universities in the US late last year and found out the results earlier this year. I was accepted to two of those, and also got into two universities here in Brazil (I’ve explained a little bit better the differences between the process of getting into universities in the US and in Brazil in this post, if you want to know).

The first tough decision was in which school in Brazil I was going to spend the first semester studying in. It wasn’t much of a choice actually, because I didn’t consider moving from my city to another (I live in São Paulo, where University of Sao Paulo is located, and the other school is in São Carlos). I didn’t want to the spend my last semester in Brazil away from my friends, so I chose to stay in my city. More than that, in my city I was going to study Chemical Engineering, while, if I moved, I was going to study Biotechnology, which I wasn’t sure if I wanted that at that time, as it is a lot more specific than any Engineering course.

The second decision wasn’t too hard either: discarding one of the US universities I had gotten in. I didn’t really want that school, even applying, it wasn’t the greatest at what I planned on studying and I didn’t get financial aid. So, basically, nothing that held me interested in it.

During the first month and a half at USP (University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil), I was really enjoying the moment. There were moments where I would say “I am not sure if I even want to go study abroad, because I am so happy here. I met so many wonderful people I don’t want to leave, I also have my friends from high school, I found out there is a part to Chemical Engineering that I am really into… I think I’m really happy here”.

During all that bliss, I got the chance to visit that other US university. And I flew there thinking “I am going to visit it as it’s a free trip and it’ll be fun to travel”, but I wasn’t planning on loving the school as I did. I came back wanting to study there so freaking much. I fell in love with the school and everyone here in Brazil could see how much I wanted to go.

Unfortunately, life doesn’t always work out. And giving up on fighting was my third tough decision. A dozen of things came up stopping me from going. From my parents’ uncertainty of what was going to happen if I had to come back to Brazil with the major I was wanting in the US to the financial aspect of studying abroad. This was the hardest decision of all, because I decided to stop fighting against a decision that was already made. Not by me or by anyone, but by life itself. It wasn’t that much of a choice, not really.

I just decided to stop so I wouldn’t feel worse than I was already feeling. It was a hard day, week, month. It’s hard to get what you wanted for so long (I’ve wanted to study abroad for a pretty long time, and worked towards it for months and months) and not be able to fulfill it. I am still not over this, but it’s getting better. The people I know since forever and the people I’ve just met, they’re all helping me a lot, and I am so thankful for them.

Now. It’s getting easier to deal with not being able to go abroad, but it’s getting harder to like what I’m doing right now. I don’t know if I like Chemical Engineering, I don’t know if I want to be a Chemical Engineer, if I can get through five years of studying what I don’t like in a school with a terrible teaching philosophy that makes me zero motivated, if the diploma is worth the suffering… etc. I’m probably more confused now than I was when I had to choose what/where to study for my undergraduate studies.

So, the final decision is still knocking on my door: should I stay where I am right now?

I don’t know. And I don’t know if I want to know. What I do know is that I don’t want to think about it, as much as I have to. If I decide to stay, there are many consequences. If I choose to leave, double the consequences.

I don’t know what to do, and this is why this post isn’t going to help if you are having to make a tough decision too. Sorry.

Love,

Dani.

Discovering L.A. through pictures

I just got back from my very short trip to Los Angeles, California, United States of America. I went there to meet up with my dad, who went to New York and then to L.A. It was a very short trip – I spent four days there -, but I feel like I did a lot.

The day I got there, I went to Troye Sivan’s concert!!! It was so so SO amazing. Maybe the best concert I’ve ever been to, no joke (not that I’ve been to too many). I was so close to the stage, I could see him perfectly, hear him – almost – perfectly (I was too close to the big stereos, so sometimes I would only hear the beat) and… FREAKING HALSEY WAS THERE AND SANG WITH HIM. Like, what are the odds that one of my favorite artists would be at one of my other favorite artists’ concert? ALMOST ZERO BUT IT HAPPENED. I will be posting concert footage in my YouTube channel some time soon 😉

But what I actually wanted to talk about was… Los Angeles. Not Troye’s concert (even though I could go on about it forever). For a while now, I’ve been building this aversion against L.A. and, if you ask me, I can’t really explain you why. It’s just not one of my favorite cities. But, don’t kill me yet, I feel like that is because I’ve never truly experienced Los Angeles, with a true Californian, so I didn’t have the chance to fall in love with it like people who live there do.

So, if you live in and/or love California, please let me know the good stuff to do there! This time, as I spent a very short amount of days there, I didn’t do much (specially because I spent half the time with my uncle/cousins that live there, but inside their houses). But, one day, me and my dad took the afternoon (which lead to the night) to just drive and take pictures around the city. This is the result (yes, I am wearing Troye’s concert t-shirt).

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I might still have a little thing against Los Angeles, but I cannot deny: they have beautiful places – from walls to landscape – where one can’t not take a picture.